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5 Easy Ways to Hang Curtains Without Drilling

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5 Easy Ways to Hang Curtains Without Drilling

Tired of struggling to hang curtains? Here are five ways to hang curtains without damaging walls or window frames:

  1. Try Magnetic Rods on Metal Doors
  2. Use Kwik-Hang Curtain Rod Brackets
  3. Use 3M Command Hooks
  4. Use Tension Rods
  5. Get Creative With Coat Hooks

Hanging curtains is a pain — no one knows that better than us. Dragging out the ladder, taking measurements, drilling into the wall and discovering your curtain rods are crooked is frustrating to say the least.

Luckily, there are easier ways of hanging curtains that take minutes instead of hours.

Whether you live in a rented space or just want a quick and easy curtain hanging solution, you’ve come to the right place. The options we’ll go over today will enable home decorators like you to hang curtains without nails, screws or drills.

Read more: The Best Tips for Hanging Curtains

Put your drill and spackle aside, and let’s get started.

There are countless articles dedicated to the diverse uses of Command Hooks. You can use them to hang art, photos, and keys or mount objects on the wall — including window treatments.

Curtain Solution

Try Magnetic Curtain Rods on Metal Doors

Varies based on materials and finishes. The magnetic rod shown retails for $41.99.

Magnetic curtain rods are one of the easiest ways to hang a curtain without drilling. While uses for magnetic curtain rods are limited, they can be an excellent choice for hanging curtains over a metal door.

How to Use Magnetic Curtain Rods to Hang Curtains

  1. Measure your window opening to determine what size curtains you need.
  2. Make sure the space between the edge of the window and the edge of the door will accommodate your magnetic curtain rod bracket.
  3. “Click” the bracket onto your metal door, then thread your curtain onto the rod and place the rod into the bracket.
  • Easy to install
  • Available in adjustable widths
  • Like Command Hooks, magnetic curtain rods aren’t designed for heavy curtains. The curtain rods pictured here only hold up to eight pounds.
  • Can shift out of alignment if used in a high-traffic area.
  • Best used with top-and-bottom rods to control fabric sway.
  • More expensive than other no-drill curtain options.

Our Verdict on Magnetic Curtain Rods:
Magnetic curtain rods are best for metal doors that aren’t opened and closed often.

Price: Varies based on materials and finishes. The magnetic rod shown retails for $41.99.

Curtain Solution

Use Kwik-Hang Curtain Rod Brackets

Starting at $11.99 / Set

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Kwik-Hang curtain rod brackets solve two of the most annoying parts of hanging curtains: taking accurate measurements and damaging the walls.

Kwik-Hang eliminates the pain of both of these tasks. Their revolutionary bracket design takes minutes to install, requires zero measurements and doesn’t damage your wall. Plus, they hold up to 20 pounds, so you can hang heavier drapes with ease. You can install Kwik-Hang curtain rods without a drill and achieve perfectly aligned curtains every time.

How to Use Kwik-Hang Brackets to Hang Curtains

  1. Position the curtain rod brackets on the corners of your window frame
  2. Tap them in with a hammer and you’re done!
  • Can be installed in just seconds, with only a few hammer taps.
  • No need for screws, nails or drills.
  • Available in a variety of colors and finishes.
  • Can support up to 20 pounds.
  • Will not leave holes in the wall if you remove the brackets.
  • Can only be used on framed windows.

Our Verdict on Kwik-Hang:
Kwik-Hang is the fastest, easiest and most durable way to hang curtains without drilling. You can hang any type of window treatment, from sheers to heavy draperies.

Price: Starting at $11.99 for a set at

Kwik-Hang’s patented no-drill, damage-free curtain rod bracket technology

Curtain Solution

Use 3M Command Hooks

Prices vary by size and finish

How to Use Command Hooks to Hang Curtains

  1. You’ll need at least two Command Hooks to hang your curtain rod. If your window is wider than 30 inches, you’ll need a third Command Hook to support the middle.
  2. After you’ve carefully measured your curtains, mark your wall where each hook will adhere.
  3. Peel off the Command strip adhesive and apply it to the hook.
  4. Press the Command Hook firmly onto the wall for at least 30 seconds, and repeat with the other hook.
  5. Wait at least 30 minutes before hanging your curtains.
  • Easy to apply and remove.
  • Available in a variety of finishes.
  • You must measure and mark your wall to ensure even hanging.
  • You can only use Command Hooks with thin curtain rods. A curtain rod thicker than ¾” in diameter will not fit into a Command Hook.
  • A large Command Hook cannot hold more than seven and a half pounds, so they’re not suitable for heavier curtains or drapes — or the constant wear and tear of kids and pets.
  • Command Hooks can only be applied to flat walls and cannot be used over wallpaper.

Our Verdict on Command Hooks:
Overall, Command Hooks are ideal for many projects but aren’t the most durable option for hanging curtains.

Price: Command Hooks are sold individually or in sets. Prices vary by size and finish. They’re available online and in home improvement stores.

Curtain Solution

Use Tension Rod Curtains

Starting at $5 per rod, available at department stores or home improvement stores

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How to Use Tension Rods to Hang Curtains

  1. Purchase the tension rod that’s closest to your window frame size (measured on the inside of the frame).
  2. Test the tension rod by screwing or unscrewing the rod until it fits snugly inside the window frame.
  3. Remove the rod, thread your curtain onto the rod, and then reinsert it into your window frame.
  • Easy to install and require no measuring or hardware.
  • Tension rods are best for sheer or light curtains.
  • Can be adjusted to hang from the top of the window or the middle for cafe curtains.
  • Tension rods are not strong enough for heavy drapes or blackout curtains.
  • Tension rods can become loose and slip over time.
  • Depending on your window size, you may need to order custom rods, which can be costly.

Our Verdict on Tension Rods:
Tension rods are best for light or sheer curtains on small windows.

Price: Starting at $5 per rod, available at department stores or home improvement stores

Curtain Solution

Get Creative With Coat Hooks

Starting at $5 per hook, available at department stores or home improvement stores

Coat hooks are a surprisingly versatile tool. Besides holding raincoats and bags, you can also use them to hang curtains.

How to Use Coat Hooks to Hang Curtains

  1. Determine how many hooks you’ll need to hang your curtains.
  2. Measure the height you’ll need to accommodate your curtain length.
  3. Measure and mark how far apart your coat hooks will be for even distribution.
  4. Carefully screw the coat hooks into your wall or window frame, then loop the curtain holes onto the hooks.
  • Coat hooks are easier to install than traditional curtain rod hardware.
  • Coat hooks do not require you to drill holes.
  • Coat hooks are inexpensive and offer a unique decor element.
  • They require exact, precise measurements for even distribution. This measuring process can be time-consuming.
  • Curtains hung on coat hooks are difficult to open and close.

Our Verdict on Coat Hooks:
Curtain hooks are best for decorative curtains on windows that don’t need to be adjusted often.

Price: Starting at $5 per hook, available at department stores or home improvement stores

The #1 Way to Hang Curtains Without Wall Damage

If you’re looking for the easiest way to put up your curtains without damaging the walls, you can always count on Kwik-Hang’s damage-free curtain rod brackets and holdbacks to get the job done in no time. 

Kwik-Hang is the number one way to hang curtains without drilling!

  • Sturdy, stable and supports all types of curtains and fabrics
  • Doesn’t require any measuring, drilling or adjustments
  • Get perfectly aligned curtains every time
  • Affordable and suitable for every room of your home
  • Looks beautiful and works seamlessly with your current home decor

Kwik-Hang’s no-drill hardware is available in a variety of colors for both single and double curtain rods. Center support brackets are also available for curtain rods longer than 30”. 

Try Kwik-Hang today!

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